Last Policeman an Enjoyable Pre-Apocalyptic Mystery

January-ReviewsThis pre-apocalyptic-who-dunit may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I was gulping this fragrant brew down. I picked up this series on sale—I’m a sucker for eBook sales—and started reading the first book of the trilogy (of the same name) and was immediately hooked. Set in a pre-apocalyptic world, months before an astroid is 100% certain to hit earth and wipe out all humanity: Most have quit their daily jobs and gone “bucket list” and many have opted for the ultimate out, suicide. This first person narrative follows a stalwart detective, who appears on the scene of another apparent suicide in the men’s room of a pirated McDonalds—most corporations are bankrupt but various enterprising individuals are offering questionable burgers at high prices under the McDonalds name (no this is not China). Only this suicide appears to be a murder and no one cares to solve it, because of course the world is ending.

It’s one of the better written books that I’ve read in a while. The author’s crisp rich use of language will draw you into the story quickly and keep you interested till the end. Here’s an example:

The world is decaying bit by bit, every piece degrading at its own erratic rate, everything trembling and crumbling in advance, the terror of the coming devastation a devastation of its own, and each minor degradation has its consequences.

There are no big firefights, no mass death from the anticipated apocalypse, and not much in the way of horror. However, if you want a beautifully written whodunit mystery, set in a pre-apocalyptic landscape full of anxious malaise, then you’ll enjoy this book, and probably the series.

It’s currently not cheap (as far as eBooks go), but worth the dough:

New Giveaway – 15 #1 Sci-Fi Paperbacks!

15-Best-Seller-GiveawayHow’s this for something crazy to start off the New Year: I’m giving away 15 paperback books to one winner.

Not good enough?

How about if each paperback was (one still is) a #1 Amazon Best Seller in Post-Apocalyptic fiction in 2014.

Okay, I’ll throw this in… several of the books, including Stone Age (by yours truly), will be signed by their authors.

Get a load of this list of blockbuster books and their authors:

  • First Activation by Darren Wearmouth
  • Last Stand (autographed) by Wiliam H. Weber
  • Wool by Hugh Howey
  • Critical Dawn by Darren Wearmouth & Colin F. Barnes
  • One Second After by William R. Forstchen
  • Sand by Hugh Howey
  • Zombie Rules by David Achord
  • The Purge of Babylon by Sam Sisavath
  • After the Event by T.A. Williams
  • CyberStorm by Matthew Mather
  • WorldWar Z by Max Brooks
  • Extinction Point by Paul Antony Jones
  • Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  • and Stone Age (autographed) by ML Banner

A Note to current subscribers
Even if you are a current subscriber to ML Banner’s, Apocalyptic Updates, you will need to follow the link below and submit your entry to be included.

Increase your chance to win by 1000%
After you enter, be sure to tell your friends about this. For each person who enters, you get 10 more entries. That’s a 1000% increase in your entries. Why not tell your whole social network for that matter?

CLICK HERE To Enter This Giveaway

Stone Age Audio Giveaway

Stone Age Audio Cover

To promote the release of Stone Age on audio book tomorrow, I’m giving away an MP3 Instant Download copy on Saturday. This masterful production of Stone Age was brought to life through the amazing voice of Dan John Miller. I’ve only heard a snippet of this, but I am already blown away by how good it sounds.

Rules: You must be an Apocalyptic Update subscriber (Do that here) no later than Friday 12/12/14. That’s it! I’ll draw the winner on Saturday 12/13. Winner will be notified by email.

MP3 Audio Sample:

To Order – If you cannot wait–I know, I can’t–you can order your copy (in MP3 and Audio CD) of Stone Age on audio book through one of these two sites:
  > On Tantor (My publisher): Stone Age on Tantor
  > On Amazon (Available in a day or two): Stone Age on Amazon

Let me know what you think!
After you have listened to the MP3 sample, let me know what you thought.

Pre-Order Stone Age Audio Book

Tantor-Audio-Book-Stone-AgeIn my last post, before taking some R&R on a cruise ship around the Med, I told you about Stone Age, being brought to life in audio book format on December 9th.

TODAY’S UPDTATE: For all who are interested, Tantor Media (my publisher for this audio book), if you order right now (I believe before the December 9th release) directly on Tantor’s website: HERE, you can get the MP3 CD for only $9.99.

This is a terrific deal for Stone Age fans for 8 hours of great audio brought to life by Dan John Miller. I am highly anticipating this and cannot wait to hear it.

I plant on providing a snippet right here on when I get it. Of course, if you wait until then, you won’t get the pre-order price. If you want to listen to some of Dan John Miller’s other audio work, go HERE.




Stone Age audio book coming December 9th

Stone-Age-AudioHey audio book fans, Stone Age will be coming out in audio on December 9th… Just in time for your Christmas shopping.

Tantor Media is releasing this on as well as Amazon and all other places that sell audio books.

I’m most excited about the narration, which is being done by Dan John Miller. Dan is an accomplished actor (Walk the Line, Leatherheads, and My One and Only) and musician, as well has having an amazing voice. He breaths life to characters and makes them jump of the pages of many books by Phillip Roth, Nora Roberts, & Dean Koontz.

I will be listening to Dan’s rendition of Stone Age the next time I drive down to the beach in Mexico. Hope you’ll pick up your copy too.